Siwa has a long tradition of building homes from the natural local materials which the oasis offers, primarily mud, blocks of salt and palm wood.

 

Historically when a member of the tribe marries and needs a new house, everyone comes to help with the building, singing and enjoying the process of working together.

Living in a mud building has a completely different feel to other types of houses because of the organic and natural materials. The energy within the walls is incredibly therapeutic due to the salt. These buildings are not only beautiful but also practical, being warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
 

 
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The old town of Shali is built on a small mountain and has stood as a fortress for hundreds of years. It has now been abandoned by the Amazigh people in favour of living closer to modern amenities.

Tours of the old town, its vast sprawl of mud buildings and winding alleys can be arranged for you if you wish to explore the ancient architecture of the oasis.

Whilst you are in Siwa you will stay in a traditionally built mud house or lodge, either in the desert, the gardens or the Siwa town. 

 

The desert environment has long been vital in spiritual traditions, revered since ancient times as a place for inner stillness, clarity and simplicity.
 

 

We use experienced and knowledgeable local desert guides to take you to some of the most beautiful places in and around the oasis and desert especially attuned to health and wellbeing.

Walking through the open desert landscape helps restore vitality and mental clarity and sleeping under the stars, untainted by the lights of modern civilization, is an unforgettable experience.  
 

 

African tribal drumming is used ceremonially as an expression of emotion and energy and as a way of celebrating and coming together.

 

The drumming specifically in Siwa is accompanied with chants and songs which tell ancient stories of the tribe, passing down customs, history and knowledge to younger generations.

Tribal music has played an integral part in human evolution and history. Ancient and hypnotic drum rhythms have been played in the African Sahara for thousands of years and help us connect to the primal energy of the earth and the heartbeat of life.

Our music evenings are small and intimate gatherings held outside in the desert with nothing but fires, candles, stars and the moon to light the night.